Impacts in Alaska
Thawing permafrost, intensifying storms, rising sea levels, and reductions in the shorefast sea ice are combining to wear away large sections of Alaska’s coast. Arctic western Alaska has become known worldwide for the impacts of coastal climate change. The intensity of erosion and impacts varies by location: rockier areas like the Aleutians are generally less vulnerable than lower lying areas. Several coastal villages, notably Newtok, Kivalina, Shishmaref, and Shaktoolik, are facing the potential that erosion is so great that the village may not survive in its current location.